This week on Under the Radar with Callie Crossley:

The 64th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony is nearly here after a winter spike in COVID-19 cases forced the event to be postponed until April 3. The awards regularly recognize alumni of Berklee College of Music, Boston's musical powerhouse. This year, a whopping 34 Berklee alumni hope to hear their names read as Grammy Award winners. Two of those nominees are Arooj Aftab and Charlie Rosen.

Web extra: Take a listen to Aftab and Rosen speak about how musical inspiration strikes them.

"Hearing the unrealized potential": Aftab and Rosen discuss musical inspiration and collaboration


Arooj Aftab, Brooklyn-based Pakistani vocalist, music composer and producer. She’s been nominated for the 2022 Grammy Award categories of best new srtist and best global music performance. Her latest album is Vulture Prince. Arooj has been described as a “boundary-breaking” artist who draws from jazz, Hindustani classical, folk and reggae to create a one-of-kind sound that’s caught the attention of people worldwide.

Charlie Rosen, Tony-award winning composer, arranger, producer and performer. He's been nominated for the 2022 Grammy Award for best arrangement, instrumental or a cappella. He scores visual media and works in a wide variety of band performance settings, including performances in nationally recognized jazz festivals, Broadway and off-Broadway musical theater productions. He’s the band leader of The 8-Bit Big Band, a jazz and pops orchestra that reimagines video game music.